Lawmakers Quitting ALEC Around The Country, But None From New Jersey

Just this morning, Common Cause – read more in the New York Times about their research work on ALEC – sent email urging NJ members to ask NJ AG Jeffrey Chiesa to investigate whether ALEC is a corporate lobby improperly registered as a tax-exempt body. I’ll say ‘Fat chance’ Chiesa investigates that, but go ahead and ask. Meanwhile, here’s what’s going down in Jersey, or isn’t …

– promoted by Rosi

April has been a busy month on the ALEC front around the country. So far, 28 lawmakers have ended their ties with ALEC this month alone, but take a look and you’ll see something is missing from the list:

What’s missing? Keep going.

– Sen. Nan Orrock (D-GA): “As a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council for several years, having joined ALEC with the primary goal of better understanding the corporate-dominated organization, I know first-hand that ALEC is not the innocuous organization it claims to be.” [4/17/12]

– Sen. Greg Cromer (R-LA): “‘It has been brought to my attention that there have been meetings and/or activities with ALEC staff members within the state of Louisiana that I have not been privy to,’ Cromer wrote in his resignation letter that went out as an email to key lawmakers and staffers.” [4/17/12]

– Sen. Mike Colona (D-MO): “‘Their agenda is radical and wrong for Missouri. I was a member and saw firsthand the sort of extreme legislation they push on state legislators around the country,’ Cromer said in a statement to the organization “Progress Missouri.” [4/12/12]

– Pennsylvania Reps. Kate Harper (R), Sandra Major (R), Mark Mustio (R), Harry Readshaw (D), and Sen. John Pippy (R) [4/26/12]

– Sen. George Muñoz (D-NM) [4/20/12]

– Rep. Ted Vick (D-SC): “Recent revelations concerning ALEC’s funding sources from radical elements have proven to be the final straw for me. ALEC has become too partisan and too extreme.” [4/24/12]

– Nebraska Senators Danielle Conrad (D), Tony Fulton (R), Health Mello (D), and Jeremy Norquist (D) [4/26/12]

– Texas Democratic Party Reps. Alma Allen, Armando Martinez, Dawnna Dukes, Hubert Vo, Harold Dutton, Chente, Quintanilla, Eddie Rodriguez, José Menéndez, Ruth Jones McClendon, Eric Johnson, Tracy King, Ryan Guillen [4/2012]

– Rep. Jennifer Selig (D-UT) [4/9/12]

– Rep. Kevin Van De Wege (D-WA): “My membership status is increasingly becoming a divisive issue this year, and I prefer to put my time and energy into efforts that unite our district rather than divide it.” [4/11/12]

Legislators all around the country are running away, but notice what’s missing? No one from New Jersey has stepped away, despite the extensive ties that many in this state have to ALEC. You can view all the companies that have decided they can’t take the heat so they will get out of the kitchen. What will it take to get them to follow the 28 Lawmakers and now 14 companies in heading for the door?

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